Seeing one of our ladies gardening gloves in a daily paper under the title “Life’s Little Luxuries – Gardening Gloves” made me think is a gardening glove really a luxury or an essential part of the gardener’s life?
Well recently I had an experience which made me think – Yes they are essential!!
I’ve always reacted to some plants and being a hayfever sufferer too, gardening is perhaps not the best hobby to have. Picking the runner beans brings me out in an itchy rash, birch and grass pollen result in a streaming nose and watery eyes but it wasn’t until last weekend when I had what I can only assume was an allergic reaction to Russian Sage ( perovskia) that I really thought – I should have worn gloves! In fact when I checked online it suggested that this was indeed a plant where the gardener should wear gloves – and of course I didn’t – being in a rush and all that.
So I urge you green-fingered women – be careful when you are gardening. Wear gloves. The design and style is completely up to you and there are loads of excellent gloves on the market for general gardening such as weeding and hoeing the border. Invest in a pair of Foxgloves Grip or treat yourself to a pair of leather gardening gloves. For those of you who come out in a rash always choose a gauntlet style gardening glove – the longer arms will protect you from unsightly rashes whether that’s from pruning, cutting or if like me picking the veg!
And gents – you too could start wearing gloves – it will help stop those calluses and dry skin forming – and give much need protection against stinging nettles and hedge cuttings. Using power tools? We have just the glove!
Whilst I’m not necessarily promoting “Girl Jobs” & “Boy Jobs” I am promoting the wearing of gloves when gardening.
Look after your hands – they are the best tool you will ever own.